A Fall Home Tour (sort of) a Garden Tour (kind of) & a Great Quiche Recipe (for sure!)

“Trust the timing of your life” –anonymous

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I hope you had a fabulous week…

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Sorry for such a long post title…
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Today is my 16th wedding anniversary and Joe & I are heading out of town to celebrate…
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However before we leave I just had to share about my week…

I’m wearing an adorable apron given by a friend…while standing next to gorgeous flower art given by another💕

several friends had dropped by for a visit…

to see our new home.

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I had been so excited because these ladies were some of the first friends I had met when moving to the Oregon Coast…

and the other visitor was a most recent new friend…



The prettiest bathroom of three







I think I found a space to hang my forever flowers…just a little over and up…


The best I can make the bed when Cami won’t move…


I had planned to serve coffee and pumpkin bread…but once we all started chatting…and touring…

I served the coffee..and forgot about the pumpkin bread...(no worries…because it’s a perfect excuse to have everyone back again!)

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And just one more thing before I go…I want to share the best quiche recipe ever…

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COACH’S QUICHE

INGREDIENTS

9 inch unbaked pie shell

10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach

one medium minced onion

five separated eggs

1 cup milk or half and half cream

8 ounce package cream cheese at room temperature

3/4 cup breadcrumbs

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup butter

one large canned mushroom pieces and stems

1 teaspoon tarragon leaves

salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400°. Have unbaked pie shell ready before beginning to prepare quiche batter. Cook spinach according to package directions; drain well. Sauté onion in butter until translucent.

Beat egg yolks until light. Add milk, Cream cheese, bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese, and beat well.

Add cooked spinach, onion, mushrooms, tarragon leaves, salt, and pepper. Wash beaters, then beat egg whites until firm.

Fold egg whites into above mixture And pour into above mixture. Bake until top is brown about 15 to 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and bake until a knife blade inserted in center comes out clean (about 45 minutes to one hour).
Serves 6 to 8


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Ok…seriously…I’m really on my way out the door…just one more thing…I mean 2 more…

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Marcia
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SKETCHES of AUTUMN🍁


“Celebrating Fall is in large part a celebration of coming home”
– Marcia

Hello, sweet friend…

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A thrift shop find…Susan Bristol sweater $3.00

How are you today?

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My friends from the Plein-air group stopped by this week…

White dahlias in bloom

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They came to see our new cottage…


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A few Fall leaves on the ground

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early morning fog…
Color pencil sketch
Artists at play
Fabulous watercolors…

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and paint the gardens…


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Pumpkin and seashells…


There’s a specialness about this time of year…


Preparing bouquets for my friends…

Autumn

A touch of pumpkin…
View from dining room looks like a painting…

Something which draws me around the home…

Welcome…

inviting me to gather…

Doses of colors…

others…

Overflowing sweet peas…


together…

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Canned peaches left by a neighbor

bringing me much delight…

A small pumpkin viewed from kitchen window…

Happy October
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Marcia
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A Fall Marathon

Perform every act in life as if it were your last”

– Marcus Aurelius

Hello, sweet friend…how are you?

My husband Joe is humble about his running…so I am bragging for him!😉

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Beautiful sunset as seen from the upstairs guest room

It’s late as I sit down to write today’s post …My very dear friends just left from a night of chatting…eating pizza…& playing cards…

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Cami ready to go window shopping with me

Ironically when I returned to work on my post…I noticed an email from another friend who mentioned she was going to be in the area in the morning and wondered if she might stop by…

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With Cami in tow…Pottery Barn

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That being said I decided to just share some pretty eye candy with you from a little getaway I took last week...and then head on to bed…

checking out Nordstrom Rack

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Trying on the softest coat ever…

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Time for the dressing room

We took a mini getaway to Eugene where Joe prepared to run the Pacific Northwest Marathon which was being held in a small charming town called Coburg.

Cami loves to go shopping with her mom

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Now to look at rugs…Cami picked out a new water bowl for her!

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What do you think Cami?

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Ok…we like this…

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Perfect for fall…

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Okey dokey Cami these three items are perfect!

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Sporting one of my new tops from Nordstrom Rack

While Joe ran the marathon I ran around town…hitting a few shops looking for a rug…

Cami’s new bowl…

bed sheets…

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Super cute display…

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Window sniffing…

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A great day for Cami…just like going to Disneyland…
An old truck filled with fall decor…

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Pumpkins being unloaded

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Pumpkin delights…

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hoping to find a few items to for fall…

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turns out…

Joe isn’t the only one that can run a marathon…

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(Congrats Joe!)

Cheers to your weekend!

Marcia
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A Sense of Belonging

“The heart wants what it wants.”
Emily Dickenson

Hello, sweet friend...

Joe & I posing for our first photo in front of our new home💕

This week marked two weeks since we moved into our 1927 Cape Cod home…

Newly planted Creeping Jenny…

Dried hydrangeas along with a few Fall items sit on drop leaf table

a home I knew from the moment I walked through the doors…

Experimenting with closing off parlor with french doors

View from the other side…preparing table for a birthday celebration later in week…

It would be the perfect place for sharing special times with family and friends.

Thinking this will make a nice serving tray…

From the first glance I envisioned early morning walks in the neighborhood…

Fall is in the air🍁

Puffy clouds…

Love the chimney…

A home being soulfully cared for…
Are those puffy white clouds following me?🌝
Cami playing hopscotch 🎃

meandering through my garden…

Cami in charge…

Evenings spent in cozy rooms…

The warmth of home
Pretty pumpkin…

a home where countless dreams and memories could be made…

Extra cupcakes for guests to take home…

Yes this home…would be a perfect gathering place.

Late nights spent in rooms that are speaking to me…

That being said…and amongst the fact that I’m still sifting through boxes…unearthing treasures…organizing…(carefully deciding where things will go)…

These arrived from California…from my maid of honor and long time friend Lillian…💕

I am comfortable in these new surroundings…every nook and cranny is becoming familiar… like a blossoming new friendship.

Peering out at night and feeling blessed…

It feels like home…

Marcia
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R.I.P. MacKenzie💕

Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you until we meet again.💕

Hi my name is Joe and I want to relate a story about our cat MacKenzie.

MacKenzie had come to us 11 months ago because he was a neighborhood cat that Marcia just felt a lot of empathy and pity for. He didn’t seem to have any home… he just was wandering the neighborhood.

MacKenzie just really had a big impact on Marcia and she just felt like she got a special emotional bond with MacKenzie… and said that MacKenzie did not have a good life…so she was going to give Mackenzie a good life and the first thing she was going to do was to give him a name. Marcia thought MacKenzie was a beautiful name for this cat…slowly Marcia just created a life for MacKenzie. MacKenzie was a street cat that walked around and didn’t have any permanent place…wandered in and out and we found out from our neighbor that he was once owned by one of their renters but the renter had to leave… and when the renter left…he had to leave MacKenzie. Marcia decided that she was going to adopt him and so she went over to our neighbor and said: “hey I’m gonna take care of this cat” and the neighbor was a little incredulous…and said: “wow… ok…if you want” MacKenzie had this insatiable appetite and would come to the back door and go WAAAAAAAA!!! because he was hungry all the time (do to an over-active thyroid took meds for) and so we were just constantly feeding him.

Marcia decided that she was going to create a little house which she hid underneath these bushes…that’s where she thought MacKenzie would sleep. It took a while for MacKenzie to really go into that house but eventually he did. He would sleep there…sleep on the back porch…on the front porch… and was always eating and coming to us…

and so slowly we adopted one another and he just became part of our little family with Darjeeling and Cami… He was there all the time and he stole our hearts. As we were anticipating our recent move we were concerned about how MacKenzie was going to do with the move and everything else but before all that happened…

one Sunday afternoon a gentleman who was visiting with our neighbors came over…and in a very curious way said: “I want to introduce myself…I am the guy that had MacKenzie and I feel extremely bad that I had to just leave him here” with teary eyes he said “oh thank you so much for taking care of MacKenzie… I actually got him as a kitten in Bend, Oregon and he has been with me all these years and he’s over 20 years old…he’s been to San Diego…Arizona…Washington state…travels really well…

I can’t tell you how grateful I am that you took him in and gave him a good life and I feel like I owe you money I feel so bad” I said not to worry about it…that MacKenzie is part of our family now…that we fully adopted him and explained that soon we would be moving to another home & would be taking MacKenzie. (he was so relieved and so happy) The following week we were in our new home and got MacKenzie all set up a in little bed…food and water…but we soon realized that he just didn’t seem to be content there… that he had started wandering. Recently our new next-door neighbor came over to me and said: “oh Joe MacKenzie got into my house and is now sleeping on my rocking chair” and of course we were embarrassed and apologized with an explanation of MacKenzie.

Just recently it became really concerning because we wouldn’t see MacKenzie for a period of time and we didn’t know where he was or where he was going. We’d have food out & usually he would make an appearance and then he would disappear. A few days ago I actually went out for a long run at 2 in the morning and there was MacKenzie… walking down the street.

This afternoon MacKenzie passed away quietly surrounded by his love ones and he’s going to be cremated…we’re going to revere his ashes. The beloved MacKenzie is gone… his memory will last forever with us and his ashes will be with us…and our lives have been enriched by his little life. We feel like we gave him a good life for the last 11 months…we really tried. MacKenzie we hope to see you one day and we love you…

Friday September 13th…goodnight Big Mack💕

Thank you for spending time with us.💕

Marcia
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